A gay speaker at a school board meeting in Florida was removed by security for reading a vulgar passage of a highly sexualized book available in the district’s high school libraries.
In a video shared by an attendee of the meeting, Chair of Orange County Schhol Board Teresa Jacobs is heard instructing police officers to remove Jacob Engel, 27 after he read an excerpt from ‘Gender Queer: A memoir.’
‘I’m going to read a passage of a book that’s floating around in your schools that has been banned from many other schools,’ Engels begins saying.
‘As a member of the LGBT community, the fact that this is floating around for children as young as ninth grade is concerning,’ he added.
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Jacob Engel, 27 was removed from the board meeting after he read an excerpt from ‘Gender Queer: A memoir’
Four copies of the ‘Gender Queer’ by Maia Kobabe were in three of the Orange County School Board’s 22 high schools
‘As a member of the LGBT community, the fact that this is floating around for children as young as ninth grade is concerning,’ he added
He then reads from the book: ‘Fast forward, we’ve been dating for two months. We’ve made out. We’ve had sex. We moved down the sex thing at work…’
Engel goes on to read an explicit part of the text that discusses strap-ons and other sexual devices and imagery.
‘Sir, I appreciate…’ Jacobs says in an attempt to make Engels stop reading.
‘I’d like to continue reading,’ Engel replies and keeps on reading an even more detailed sexual account from the book.
‘Mr. Engels, you’re out of order. Remove him from the chambers,’ Jacobs says as other attendees protest.
Engels is eventually removed from the meeting.
Alicia Farrant, a member of Moms For Liberty and the person who recorded the video, is heard saying ‘no way.’
She adds that the problem is precisely that school officials don’t know the content made available for children when Jacobs tries to defend herself saying she had never heard of the book.
Chair of Orange County Schhol Board Teresa Jacobs instructed police officers to remove ]Engel. Engel read an explicit passage from ‘Gender Queer’
According to the Daily Beast, Engels (right), a journalist and Infowars collaborator, has ties with the far-right political group The Proud Boys.
‘I understand the contradiction here. This is the first time I’ve heard of this and the board has heard of this. We will look into it, and I do hope the book is removed. OK?’ Jacobs said.
‘And if not, we’ll be back here having this conversation again, but I can guarantee you, I did not know that book was in the library,’ she added.
Four copies of the book ‘Gender Queer,’ by Maia Kobabe were in three of the board’s 22 high schools.
OCPS Director of Media Relations Shari Bobinski said in a statement that the book has since been removed from the schools’ libraries, FOX reported.
Bobinski wrote: ‘The School Board was unaware this book was available in school media centers. At this time, the book is not on library shelves and is under review.
‘If anyone has a concern about materials or books found in our media centers or in our classrooms, Orange County Public Schools has a process in place for parents or guardians to submit a form to the school principal to address a concern.’
According to the Daily Beast, Engels, a journalist and Infowars collaborator, has ties with the far-right political group The Proud Boys.
The outlet reported that he has been photographed in the Proud Boys black-and-gold uniform and in a pro-gun protest with a group of Proud Boys in 2018.
Engels told the outlet that he is just an investigative journalist who embedded to the Proud Boys to write about them.